In the year that would have seen the legendary rapper Tupac Shakur turn 46, 2017 sees a brand new film, All Eyez on Me, set to hit the cinemas at the end of June. However, just announced is a brand new documentary on Shakur which will be helmed by the 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen.
Shakur’s career may have been short-lived before his life was tragically cut short in 1996, but his music has left a legacy that still holds strong amongst many of his worldwide fans and could give any of today’s artist a run for their money. Even with his life being taken at the age of 25, it was an eventful one in which McQueen will add his own raw and gritty style in the feature length documentary which has the backing of Shakur’s estate.
A deal has been reached between Shakur’s estate trustee, Tom Whalley, Amaru Entertainment and White Horse Pictures and will see Jayson Jackson who produced Netflix documentary on Nina Simone, What Happened, Miss Simone and Nigel Sinclair who acted as producer on last year’s Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week to produce the film.
Not only has the documentary had the backing of his estate but Shakur’s record label before moving to Suge Knights Death Row, Interscope Records, along with Universal Music Publishing Group have also given their blessing laying the path wide open for a wider use of the iconic hip-hop star’s music to be used – which could also open a whole new way for them to re-release some of his old back catalog.